1929, L-5
The headstock inlayed with pearl The Gibson, engraved on the trussrod cover EDDIE, labelled Gibson Guitar Style L-5 /Number 89790 is hereby/GUARANTEED/against faulty workmanship_______GIBSON MANDOLIN-GUITAR CO/Kalamazoo Mich. U.S.A., factory order number 508, length of back 20 3/16 in. (51.3 cm.); and later hardshell case with adhesive tape inscribed by Lee Dickson Auction #22/S Burst/'29 L-5 'Eddie' #89790

This guitar was bought for collecting purposes and kept as a 'home guitar'. (2)
FORTE, Dan The Interview - Eric Clapton in Guitar Player, GPI Collector's Edition, Summer, 1986

Lot Essay

EC: This is a fantastic guitar. It's a home guitar, that's where it got played, it didn't go to the studio.

CW: Have you written with it?

EC: Yes, that's what I do, I play the guitar and write, I don't really practice, I just that [guitar] would have been instrumental in a lot of compositions, [I'd] just pick it up and play it at home.
LD: This came from's a fantastic, beautiful guitar, so well amazing to look at, the smell of the case, everything about it's great. It's been [customised] with [imitation] rubies in the top of the machine heads for whoever Eddie was/is [the name Eddie is engraved on the trussrod cover].

The original L-5 was the brainchild of Gibson acoustic engineer Lloyd Loar. Adhering to the original 1894 ideas of Orville Gibson, Loar, in 1924, substituted violin-style f-holes for the previously used round or oval holes. This completed Gibson's original innovation of constructing guitars and mandolins using the same techniques as violin makers. Players like Eddie Peabody, Maybelle Carter and Eddie Lang performed exclusively on the L-5.


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